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ESRGC’s Summer Spotlight

July 11, 2018 by ESRGC

The Eastern Shore Regional GIS Cooperative (ESRGC) at Salisbury University quarterly features a current or former intern for our Intern Spotlight.  The ESRGC provides geographic information system (GIS) technology, data, technical support, and training to governments, businesses, and non-profit organizations in Maryland and across the Mid-Atlantic.  Since launching in 2004, the ESRGC has provided valuable paid internships to hundreds of Salisbury University students, allowing them to learn real-world skills that prepare them for a direct transition to the workforce.  ESRGC internships range from analyzing databases for local governments to field verifying broadband access in rural areas, and everything in between.  For more information on how your organization could leverage the advantage of this inexpensive, highly-motivated, technical GIS intern, or how to apply for an internship, please contact Lauren McDermott at ldmcdermott@salisbury.edu.

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Spring 2018 Intern Spotlight

April 11, 2018 by ESRGC

The Eastern Shore Regional GIS Cooperative (ESRGC) at Salisbury University quarterly features a current or former intern for our Intern Spotlight.  The ESRGC provides geographic information system (GIS) technology, data, technical support, and training to governments, businesses, and non-profit organizations in Maryland and across the Mid-Atlantic.  Since launching in 2004, the ESRGC has provided valuable paid internships to hundreds of Salisbury University students, allowing them to learn real-world skills that prepare them for a direct transition to the workforce.  ESRGC internships range from analyzing databases for local governments to field verifying broadband access in rural areas, and everything in between.  For more information on how your organization could leverage the advantage of this inexpensive, highly-motivated, technical GIS intern, or how to apply for an internship, please contact Lauren McDermott at ldmcdermott@salisbury.edu.

Sierra Crist Spring Intern Spotlight

Historical Wicomico County Imagery Now Available

February 20, 2018 by ESRGC

The ESRGC is now publicly hosting a mosaic of 1958 imagery for Wicomico County.  This historical imagery is available for viewing in a web browser or downloading for offline use.  If you have questions, please contact the ESRGC. (esrgc@salisbury.edu)

1958 Wicomico County Historical Imagery:                                                       http://bit.ly/2ECsoW2

 

Salisbury University Campus, 1958

ESRGC staff Attend Taste of the Eastern Shore 2018

February 14, 2018 by ESRGC

The ESRGC participated in TOTES the evening of February 8th.  Organized by the Mid Shore Regional Council and the Tri County Council of the Lower Eastern Shore, this event presented the opportunity for the ESRGC to showcase some of our projects on the Eastern Shore.  Legislators and attendees had the opportunity to view the ESRGC’s Maryland Health Dashboard, Maryland Education Dashboard, AgGIS: Agriculture GIS Extension web map, and Mid Shore housing projects.

Find out more info: http://totesmd.org/

Logan Hall, Mary Buffington, and Dr. Michael Scott. Taste of the Eastern Shore 2018

 

ESRGC staff attend Rural Maryland Day 2018

February 13, 2018 by ESRGC

The ESRGC joined the Rural Maryland Council’s celebration of Rural Maryland Day by meeting with key legislators to discuss challenges facing our rural communities.  Key topics included economic development, rural prosperity, community development, and infrastructure issues across rural Maryland.  ESRGC participants talked about ongoing projects with the Mid Shore Regional Council and the Tri County Council of the Lower Eastern Shore and how the Rural Maryland Council champions efforts to keep rural Maryland a part of conversations in Annapolis.

Erin Silva, Dr. Michael Scott, and Mary Buffington, Rural Maryland Day 2018

 

Winter 2017/2018 Intern Spotlight

January 18, 2018 by ESRGC

The Eastern Shore Regional GIS Cooperative (ESRGC) at Salisbury University quarterly features a current or former intern for our Intern Spotlight.  The ESRGC provides geographic information system (GIS) technology, data, technical support, and training to governments, businesses, and non-profit organizations in Maryland and across the Mid-Atlantic.  Since launching in 2004, the ESRGC has provided valuable paid internships to hundreds of Salisbury University students, allowing them to learn real-world skills that prepare them for a direct transition to the workforce.  ESRGC internships range from analyzing databases for local governments to field verifying broadband access in rural areas, and everything in between.  For more information on how your organization could leverage the advantage of this inexpensive, highly-motivated, technical GIS intern, or how to apply for an internship, please contact Lauren McDermott at ldmcdermott@salisbury.edu.

James Wilkerson Winter Intern Spotlight

 

AgGIS Mapping Project To Start on Shore

January 10, 2018 by ESRGC

Mary Buffington and Lauren McDermott are featured in an article detailing the recently launched AgGIS project.  AgGIS works with Maryland farmers to create maps and analysis products, driven by individual needs, often using data collected by their farming equipment.  This free service delivers value to the farmer by helping them make informed decisions about their farms and land.

 

Here is the link to the American Farm Publication’s article:

Ag GIS map project to start on Shore

 

Caroline and Queen Anne’s Counties formally adopt their Critical Area maps

November 6, 2017 by ESRGC

The Critical Area Mapping Update project is tasked with providing a seamless and consistent digitally accessible map of Maryland’s Critical Areas. Through a combined effort from Salisbury University, the Eastern Shore Regional GIS Cooperative (ESRGC), the Critical Area Commission (CAC), Maryland’s Department of Natural Resources (DNR), and the Department of Information Technology (DoIT) there are now 6 counties with formally adopted Critical Area Maps. On November 1st, the Critical Area Commission members formally approved the Maps for Caroline and Queen Anne’s counties.   Previous counties that have completed the approval process include; Talbot, Baltimore, Calvert, and Prince Georges.  In addition to these counties, the Towns of Snow Hill and Princess Anne have chosen to update and approve their Critical Area maps before the county.

For the Critical Area Mapping Update project the ESRGC uses multiple datasets to digitize the shoreline and edge of tidal wetlands. Once the line work is completed the 1000ft Critical Area boundary is generated. Throughout the process there are numerous reviews with all stakeholders involved, including public information meetings where citizens can gain more information about potential map changes.

All of the formally adopted counties will be placed on the Maryland iMap site. The finalized Critical Area boundary maps along with other counties in the process can be viewed here: (http://webmaps.esrgc.org/cbca/desktop/Map). You can also use this web map to determine if your property is located in the Critical Area as long as your county is in the “Working draft map” stage.

If you have more questions regarding the mapping project or to better understand the Critical Area you can email Ryan Mello (rgmello@salisbury.edu) or visit the Critical Area Commission’s website (http://www.dnr.state.md.us/criticalarea/)

Critical Area Progress November 2017

Fall 2017 Intern Spotlight

October 9, 2017 by ESRGC

The Eastern Shore Regional GIS Cooperative (ESRGC) at Salisbury University quarterly features a current or former intern for our Intern Spotlight.  The ESRGC provides geographic information system (GIS) technology, data, technical support, and training to governments, businesses, and non-profit organizations in Maryland and across the Mid-Atlantic.  Since launching in 2004, the ESRGC has provided valuable paid internships to hundreds of Salisbury University students, allowing them to learn real-world skills that prepare them for a direct transition to the workforce.  ESRGC internships range from analyzing databases for local governments to field verifying broadband access in rural areas, and everything in between.  For more information on how your organization could leverage the advantage of this inexpensive, highly-motivated, technical GIS intern, or how to apply for an internship, please contact Lauren McDermott at ldmcdermott@salisbury.edu.

 

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SU Students Present at MSGIC’s Summer Quarterly Meeting

August 1, 2017 by ESRGC

On July 21st, 2017 at the MSGIC Summer Quarterly Meeting, multiple Salisbury University Geography Undergraduates and Graduate students presented their research during a poster session.  MSGIC is the Maryland State Geographic Information Committee and their purpose is to promote efficient use of resources amongst all entities involved in the collection and/or use of spatial data and GIS technologies in Maryland.  MSGIC meetings are quarterly and focus on bringing together the private and public sector to improve GIS capabilities and encourage collaboration throughout Maryland.  The ESRGC’s technical director, Dr. Arthur Lembo encouraged students to present their various projects at the latest MSGIC meeting.

Noah Krach began his project on bathymetric mapping of Lake Victoria as an intern with Dr. Stuart Hamilton.  Noah is currently working on this project as a research assistant thanks to a grant from the National Science Foundation.  Lake Victoria is the largest lake in Africa by area and is the second largest lake by surface area in the world.  Historical maps and field readings were used to create the map.  The historical maps were georeferenced and the field surveys were loaded into ArcGIS using (X, Y) coordinates.  Initially Noah had to verify the accuracy manually, but once he learned SQL and was able to create statements the verification went much smoother.  The faster processing allows for easy updates to any new versions of this map.

Bathymetric Mapping of Lake Victoria, Africa (Noah Krach)

 

As an undergraduate student at Salisbury University, Jeremy Gencavage began work on flooding analysis for Ocean City, MD and presented at the Salisbury University Student Research Conference (SUSRC).  As a graduate student Jeremy continued working on this project with the help of the ESRGC and the State Highway Administration (SHA).  Jeremy used a risk assessment program, Hazards US (HAZUS) created by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to develop a network analysis to predict flood projections for Ocean City, MD.  In the beginning, Jeremy found complications with using this analyst because the flood model did not establish a Z value for elevation so bridges connecting the island were not correct.  After accounting for this error, Jeremy was able to use the network analysis along with the ESRGC’s 0, 10, 25 50, 100, and 500-year flood scenarios for Worcester County to determine vulnerable areas.  Jeremy’s analysis has real world application for other inhabited barrier islands and identifying their accessibility during various flood scenarios.

Network Analysis and Optimal Route Finding to Determine the Accessibility of Properties in Ocean City, MD Under Various Flood Depth Scenarios (Jeremy Gencavage)

 

Cody Garcia interned at NASA’s Wallops Island Flight Facility as a GIS analyst in the Range and Mission Management Office.  During his internship, Cody was tasked with creating an application to be hosted on NASA’s GIS portal that would provide a common platform for multiple users to aid in the planning and coordination of launch operations at Wallops Island Flight Facility.  The first step in the project was to learn how the Range and Mission Management Office generated and displayed their geographic information.  Next, Cody used ESRI made widgets to augment NASA’s existing software.  Finally, Cody provided the framework and operational workflow for future developers to create their own custom made widgets to better suit NASA’s needs.  Through this internship Cody utilized ArcPortal, ArcGIS Enterprise, and ArcGIS Online to create this application.  Cody hopes that through this project other organizations and companies can use Arc GIS Online products to ensure reliable data quality and efficient time management.

Utilizing Web App Builder for ArcGIS at NASA Wallops Flight Facility (Cody Garcia)

 

Zach Radziewicz was hired by the Salisbury University Horticulture Department to maintain and manage their GIS.  Zach began this internship by expanding their geodatabase to include more features and more accurate information.  Zach has a graphic design background which assisted him in creating a highly detailed survey-grade base map for the SU horticulture department.  This internship has provided Zach with experience in geodatabase design, maintenance and application, field surveying, and producing visually appealing cartographic outputs.  In addition this project with the SU Horticulture Department has given Zach professional experience to use GIS to solve real-world problems.

Survey Grade Map of Salisbury University Horticulture’s Database (Zach Radziewicz)

 

 

For more information on joining MSGIC, check out their website: http://msgic.org/